To start us off tonight we're going to watch the first 10 minutes of the
film Field of dreams
[Field of dreams - watch the first 16 minutes]
the clip finishes with "it's a great baseball pitch"
Ray dreamed about baseball...
And because of that and this voice inside him, he built a baseball
pitch...even though everybody else thought he was stupid
[Hand out '101 things to do...' list]
However silly they may seem, we all have dreams...
Here (on the sheet) are some things that other people have come up with...
Take a pen, and circle the things you'd be "up for"
Cross out those things you'd never do in a million years...
Feel free to write out anything that's not on the list...
[Give them about 5 mins]
Which of these ideas do you like? Why?
What kind of things have you crossed off the list? Why?
What other ideas did you come up with?
At times, we all dream about doing big things...
What stops us from making them happen?
fear / jobs / school / money / lack of encouragement / lack of opportunity
Looking at the list...
What kind of things do you think God might want us to do...?
The Bible says things like
Ecclesiastes 11:9 (TM) "You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every
last bit of it."
Mark 13:10 "The Message [about God etc] has to be preached all across the world"
James 2:14-16 "My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don't do
anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save
you? If you know someone who doesn't have any clothes or food, you shouldn't
just say, "I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have
plenty to eat." What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help?"
What do you think these verses mean?
We are to enjoy life but...we still have to be responsible
We also have a job to do...
Tell others about God
[Pick a few of the 'dreams' at random]
So how do you think [insert 'dream'] would fit in with this?
You might be surprised to hear that many people do manage to get these
things to fit together...
Some people simply try their best where they are
Others are more adventurous...for example, Youth for Christ, the people
who run Fort Rocky have teams of people who do
Skating, music, basket ball, football etc.
Other organisations have teams that send you to other parts of the world
to work with Churches there
What do you think about that?
Have you ever considered a "year out"?
What about missionary work?
In other words, the idea of taking time out to go and tell others about
God and help in what ever way you can
What do you think about people who choose a job in the Church?
Whatever you want to do with your life, remember to leave space for God
To use your talents and gifts wisely
God may have given you them for a reason...
Yes...live our your dreams, but we need to make sure they are what God